Friday, April 18, 2014

Maku defends President Jonathans Visit to Kano After Bomb Blast

According to Premium Times,The Information Minister, Labaran Maku, have defended the presidents' visit to Kano 24 hours after the bomb blast in Nyanya blast on Monday, briefing journalists after the FEC meeting, Maku  said the President had to attend the rally to prove to the terrorists that they cannot cripple the activities of government which, he said, was their fundamental aim.
“This president has suffered psychologically as a result of this criminality,” Mr. Maku said. “I think going to Kano was a statement, a loud statement that terrorism will not stop the administration of this country”.
“For someone to go round and say that the
President is not sensitive is not correct.
“You will remember that the President called off his trip to Ibadan for the centenary church celebration of the Olubadan of Ibadan who was exactly 100 years old that time.
“He personally visited the scene and called on all the security operatives to provide support. There also he called on the nation to be more united even as he reassured the nation that government will not surrender to the antics of the terrorists,” he added.
The Information Minister said the criticisms of the president’s actions were coming from politicians “trying to exploit the issue to score cheap political points.”
“I think that this is very bad… We should not be exploiting the emotion of citizens for a cheap political point,” he said.
Mr. Maku also said the government had also ensured that the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, was strengthened enough to respond promptly to such attacks.
He added that government was doing everything possible to ensure that anywhere Nigerians are attacked, relief items are provided promptly.
“We must be united in condemning terrorism and make sure that Nigerians are committed to kicking out terrorism from our country.
The minister also criticised media reportage of the blast. He said members of the FEC were disturbed about the way the gory pictures of the blast were published and called for restrains in reporting such incidents.
“Yes, we must report, but in reporting, we must be sensitive to the psychological state of our people.
“We noticed that throughout the 911 incidence, we notice that hardly was pictures of any of those who died shown,” he said.
Mr. Maku urged Nigerians not to allow the current spate of terrorism dampen their spirit, saying Nigeria is not a nation of terrorists.
“Terrorism is not our way of life; it is not part of the mentality of any ordinary Nigerian that is why Nigerians are united against the issue of terror”.
He also assured that Nigeria will continue to work against terrorism with its neighbours including Cameroon, Chad, and Niger.
Mr. Maku said the President has directed the FCT Minister to begin surveillance and provision of security
around the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
In his statement, the Abuja Minister, Bala Mohammed, said 75 victims of the blast died while 171 others were currently receiving treatments in various hospitals.
He also announced that the FCT will foot the bills of those under treatments in the various hospitals, adding that the Abuja administration is fully prepared to close the gaps in the security system
“We will make it very difficult for people with bad intensions to penetrate our parks. Certainly, we are going to bring bomb detectors and we are going to work with our security to guide us on how to make our schools, parks, markets and other public places safe for our people,” he said.

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